This document outlines your weekly assignments and expectations. Your manager will have sent you access to the Google Doc to be used throughout the internship.
Begin working on Week 1 assignments today. We recommend that you look through the document and plan your weeks accordingly. Some weeks are more time-intensive than others.
The week’s tasks are to be completed by 11PM PST each Friday.
As this is a ‘live’ document, there is no need for a copy to be sent to your manager. They will access the document throughout the week to check your progress.
Internship Requirements: We don’t require you to keep track of hours, but you are expected to meet the weekly requirements in order to get credit for the internship. Not completing the weekly assignments is the equivalent of not showing up to work. The following is the minimum required for the successful completion of the internship.
- Create 1 high-quality articles during the course of your internship. If the article is rushed, poorly researched and/or too short, then our editors will not publish it.
- Complete a personal fundraising campaign and raise a minimum of $500.
- Meet weekly requirements on the Tracker.
- Contact your 3 congressional offices each week in support of poverty-reduction programs and legislation. This is data that we track, and will know if you are simply crossing it off the tracker, or if you are actually doing it.
- Weekly tracker completed. (Due Friday at 11PM PDT of each week)
– Read and watch these thoroughly. They contain everything you need to create great posts and wow your editors. With telecommuting roles, we can’t train you in person, so it’s important to read the directions closely. The Writers’ Guide Book and training videos are your key to success here! Email your completed articles to: [email protected].
Weeks 1 & 2: You will start out by covering one SEO topics on the tab “Practice Articles” of News Team & Assignment Desk document. Pick your topic and add your name in the author column.
You will receive direct feedback about your practice article in week 2, which you will need to work with and resubmit your practice article in week 2, before moving forward with new articles in week 3.
When you are ready to submit your article, embed your completed articles into individual emails, and send them to [email protected]. Be sure to include the title, key term and sources in your email. Do not send articles as Word documents. Send the articles as soon as it’s complete.
Week 3 Onwards: Before writing, you’ll need to get your article topics approved. Put your topic ideas into the “(Current Month’s) Articles” tab as early as possible. Once approved, you can begin researching and writing. Your manager will send you instructions at the end of week 2 for submitting your articles from week 3 onwards.
You need to write within the two categories you chose when you were hired, however if you are ever compelled by a topic not within your categories, you are welcome to deviate for that article. Please just send me an email beforehand. Check out the Links and Categories tab for further information on your categories.
NOTE: Thick skin is required. Since the beginning of the written word, Writers have been annoyed with Editors… And likewise, Editors get annoyed when they see the same mistakes over and over (mistakes that could have been avoided by reading the Writers’ Guide Book in more detail). By nature of the editing process, your articles are going to be corrected more often than they will be praised. To be sure, you won’t agree with every edit… Sometimes they even miss-edit and add mistakes… So annoying. We get it. In many newsrooms, the nature of the roles can create lots of friction. We are a drama-free newsroom. If you see an error in one of your published articles, please notify [email protected]
Things to Know
Team Managers: Kim Thelwell and Tatiana Nadyseva
1. Pick a Weekly Schedule: Telecommuting offers tremendous freedom, however without a set schedule, it will be very difficult to complete this internship successfully. It becomes very easy to wait until the end of the week and find yourself speed typing poor-quality articles or missing weekly targets. Either scenario can result in losing your internship.
2. News Team & Assignment Desk: This document covers who’s writing what, topics for articles, key research links and it contains lots of helpful info.
- News Team: Everyone involved with the News Team and their roles.
- (Current Month’s)Articles: List the articles you are working on under this tab. Double-check that no one else is already covering the topic.
- Practice Articles: Please help yourself to any articles that haven’t been taken i n week 1. Enter your name in the “Selected by” column.
- Links & Categories: This is hugely helpful for finding good sites to monitor for story ideas. Make sure you read the Magazine categories carefully! It’s very important that writers covering a magazine category find articles that fit the criteria.
3. Congressional Outreach: Everyone volunteering for The Borgen Project participates in basic advocacy and contacts their congressional leaders weekly. Congressional offices tally how many times they are contacted about each issue, so your emails and calls matter! You should get in the habit of emailing your congressional leaders from here. It is very simple and remembers your information so each week you’ll only have to choose a new piece of legislation and the site will fill in your letter for you. We notice if you don’t email your congressional leaders, so please do.
4. Fundraising: Our funding levels determine our impact levels. It’s that simple. Like weekly calls to Congress, everyone who is part of the team steps up and participates in fundraising. Bookmark the fundraising ideas page and start planning your campaign. You’ll want to hit the $500 minimum raise within the first 6 weeks of your internship.
5. Training and Orientation: Attend training and orientation meetings the first Monday of your internship, at 9am PST.
6. Kudos: With team members spread across the globe, our approach to awards is fairly low key. While we’d love to present winners with a giant trophy at a ceremony, we recognize that it would create overhead and the majority of our winners would prefer to see the funding go to helping the poor. Twice per year, Political and Fundraising awardees will be invited to participate in an exclusive round table event to share their ideas and feedback. Do take a look at the milestones and let us know when you qualify.
7. Stay informed with The Borgen Project State of the Union. The organization’s monthly updates are published on this page. Every month we highlight the achievements of Borgen Project high achievers across the country and globally. If you go above and beyond the call of duty in your fundraising, lobbying or mobilizing efforts, you too, may be featured!
Can I fast forward ahead on the weekly targets? Yes. As you finish the current week’s assignments, you are more than welcome to skip ahead.
Can I miss a week? If needed, you may take one week off during the course of your internship. Notify your supervisor beforehand and make note of it in your Weekly Tracker. Missing a week pauses where you are on the Weekly Tracker, so simply pickup where you left off.